Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal – What the stats said….

CHELSEA 3-1 ARSENAL: DETAILED STATISTICS AS REGARDS TO THE BLUES 3-1 WIN OVER ARSENAL

The Blues were 3-1 winners over the visiting Arsenal side as goals from Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas were all Chelsea needed to take all the three maximum points before Olivier Giroud pulled a goal back for the Gunners (consolation one for that matter) as he was set up by the impressive delivery of Nacho Monreal on the left side of attack.

Alonso goal typifies why Chelsea will beat Arsenal to EPL title

With Arsenal going to Chelsea hoping to close the nine point gap on the current Premier League leaders, you knew that the Gunners needed a bit of luck to be on our side as well as needing a good performance, but as has been the case for pretty much the whole season, lady luck seemed to be ignoring Arsenal.

Our injury and absentee situation in central midfield left the manager with no option but the inexperienced Iwobi and Chamberlain, but we actually started well and were looking good, for about 12 minutes. Then it all went wrong and the goal by Marcos Alonso typified why this season will see Chelsea and not Arsenal lift the EPL trophy.

Wenger´s Arsenal surprise team confuse Conte´s Chelsea?

Judging from the way that Arsenal have been lining up of late the question that Antonio Conte would have been most concerned with as he prepared his table topping Chelsea side for this big London derby clash with the Gunners was probably who would be whether Arsenal would start with Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck as centre forward.

So the Italian may have been surprised to see that Arsene Wenger has left both of these in form strikers on the bench and gone back to the formation that worked so well when we beat the Blues at the Emirates back in September, with Alexis Sanchez through the middle and Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott on either side.

REASONS WHY ARSENAL ARE TOO RELIANT ON OZIL AND ALEXIS

The Arsenal for the last two seasons have seemed to be built upon the superlative performance of the attacking duo of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez going forward. The form of Alexis in attack and the presence of the German playmaker Mesut Ozil behind him in midfield have yielded more dividend for the Gunners in previous seasons.

At the moment there are some mind boggling issues regarding the contract of the attacking duo in the Arsenal Football Club.

FIVE Players that could make the difference in Chelsea v Arsenal today

The Blues welcomes Arsenal in the top of the table clash at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea occupy the 1st spot in the League with 56 points to Arsenal’s third position with 47 points along with Tottenham Hotspur ( but with a better goal difference).

Chelsea are hot favourites, and my favourite tipping site www.footballbets.tips thinks Chelsea will win, but the Blues lost with a huge margin earlier this season to the Gunners (3-0) at the Emirates as goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal’s excellent win.

EPL injury table FINALLY gives Arsenal title hope

I really hope that I am not speaking too soon here, with Arsenal having a Premier League game tonight against Watford before the big one against the current table toppers Chelsea on Saturday. At the minute, though, we only have one first team player unavailable due to injury and at this point of the season that is almost unheard of for Arsenal.

For most of the season the Gunners have been at or near the top of the league table for EPL clubs and the number of players injured, but on the final day of transfer deadline day Squawka.com shows that only Chelsea have fewer players in the treatment room than us.

Arsenal v Burnley – FIVE players to watch out for today

The host Gunners entertains the visiting side Burnley in the return fixture of the Barclays Premier League with so much to expect as the big guns minus the main rival (Chelsea at the top of the Premier League summit) like Liverpool, City and Tottenham Hotspur while United needed a late goal from their Veteran skipper Wayne Rooney to draw United back in the game which was cagey at Britannia Stadium (Stoke City).

If Arsenal score lots of goals from the start, we can beat Burnley!

Granit Xhaka has only been at Arsenal for six months, but his English has improved greatly. He has even very quickly learned how to say the common cliches that footballers need to say before and after games. But his utterings yesterday make for interesting reading.

His idea is that the best way to beat teams like Burnley is “to score as early as possible and as many times as possible.” This is definitely a great tactic for Arsenal to have against every team we play lol.

Wenger warns Arsenal about balance in Burnley clash

I guess that Arsene Wenger is worried about the possibility of the Arsenal players expecting today’s Premier League match against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium to be a bit of a walkover with the Gunners filling our boots and scoring a bagful of goals just as we did last week away to Swansea City.

I am sure that the boss would love that to happen as well, and it might, but the Frenchman has warned the players that they cannot jjust go piling forwards looking to score, because the Clarets are no mugs and under Sean Dyche they have proved themselves well cap[able of defending stoutly and also launching dangerous counter attacks at the other end, also reminding his team that we were well tested at Turf Moor and lucky to get all three points after Koscielny’s late winner.